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Kenmoria
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Postby Kenmoria » Thu Jan 28, 2021 12:05 pm

Walfo wrote:I have made a draft for a resolution but when the time comes, how do I submit it to the GA?
Firstly, before submitting, post your draft here on the forum. This allows other people to comment and provide feedback, such as advice on legality issues. When the time does come to submit, you need to have two WA endorsements, and click the ‘submit a proposal’ button on this page.
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Postby Walfo » Thu Jan 28, 2021 7:07 pm

Kenmoria wrote:
Walfo wrote:I have made a draft for a resolution but when the time comes, how do I submit it to the GA?
Firstly, before submitting, post your draft here on the forum. This allows other people to comment and provide feedback, such as advice on legality issues. When the time does come to submit, you need to have two WA endorsements, and click the ‘submit a proposal’ button on this page.

I posted it, make sure to take a look!
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Postby Graintfjall » Mon Feb 08, 2021 10:19 am

Considering the UN and WA as one, where would you rank the following in terms of how much they've changed the game?

  • Introduction of repeals
  • Addition of new [non-SC] categories
  • UN -> WA reset
  • Switch from Jolt to NS forums
  • Addition of C&Cs and eventual splitting off of SC
  • Introduction of Factbooks/Dispatches
  • Changes to the telegram system
  • Change to having moderators give up most day-to-day moderation of the queue
  • A.N. Other

This is how I would rank them:
  • Most significant: changes to the telegram system
  • Very significant: introduction of repeals, addition of C&Cs and eventual splitting off of SC
  • Somewhat significant: UN -> WA reset, addition of new [non-SC] categories, switch from Jolt to NS forums
  • Not very significant: change to having moderators give up most day-to-day moderation of the queue
  • Negligible significance: introduction of Factbooks/Dispatches
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Postby Omigodtheykilledkenny » Tue Feb 16, 2021 11:07 am

I'd say the switchover to Jolt was more significant than the switch back. The failure of NS2 might have been a significant event too, considering it may have been one of the motivations for adding new tools to the game, including the SC.

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Postby Imperium Anglorum » Tue Feb 16, 2021 11:37 am

Omigodtheykilledkenny wrote:By the by, separate query: has the no-amendments rule been rescinded?

No, why would it have been?

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Postby Potted Plants United » Fri Feb 19, 2021 2:48 pm

Imperium Anglorum wrote:
Omigodtheykilledkenny wrote:By the by, separate query: has the no-amendments rule been rescinded?

No, why would it have been?

Adding to that: given the basic workings of the GA's part of the game hasn't really changed, just additional categories of stats have been added to the gameside and proposals, amendments would presumably still be just as difficult/impossible to code as before.
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Nepleslia
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Postby Nepleslia » Sun Feb 21, 2021 11:42 am

Is there a list detailing all of the various committees and sub-committees that have been created by passed WA legislation over the years?

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Postby Tinhampton » Sun Feb 21, 2021 11:48 am

Nepleslia wrote:Is there a list detailing all of the various committees and sub-committees that have been created by passed WA legislation over the years?

Yes.
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Postby Wallenburg » Tue Feb 23, 2021 3:50 pm

Tinhampton wrote:
Nepleslia wrote:Is there a list detailing all of the various committees and sub-committees that have been created by passed WA legislation over the years?

Yes.

Mind that it's outdated, but that's the most up-to-date compendium available.
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Postby Outer Sparta » Wed Feb 24, 2021 5:11 pm

Checking the new submissions that have been in queue, why haven't any of them been checked by the GenSec? There's even a plagiarized proposal in there but it hasn't been marked illegal nor taken down despite the reports in the illegal GA proposals thread.
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Postby Separatist Peoples » Wed Feb 24, 2021 6:43 pm

Outer Sparta wrote:Checking the new submissions that have been in queue, why haven't any of them been checked by the GenSec? There's even a plagiarized proposal in there but it hasn't been marked illegal nor taken down despite the reports in the illegal GA proposals thread.

GenSec is a team of volunteers. With jobs and families. We don't always get everything quickly. Chill.

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Postby Outer Sparta » Wed Feb 24, 2021 8:04 pm

Separatist Peoples wrote:
Outer Sparta wrote:Checking the new submissions that have been in queue, why haven't any of them been checked by the GenSec? There's even a plagiarized proposal in there but it hasn't been marked illegal nor taken down despite the reports in the illegal GA proposals thread.

GenSec is a team of volunteers. With jobs and families. We don't always get everything quickly. Chill.

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Postby Esthe » Sun Mar 21, 2021 3:52 am

Is the World Assembly more of a roleplay organization, or is it actually improving NationStates?
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Postby Separatist Peoples » Sun Mar 21, 2021 4:32 am

Esthe wrote:Is the World Assembly more of a roleplay organization, or is it actually improving NationStates?

Both

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Postby Sierra Lyricalia » Sun Mar 21, 2021 7:43 pm

Separatist Peoples wrote:
Esthe wrote:Is the World Assembly more of a roleplay organization, or is it actually improving NationStates?

Both


...in that the General Assembly forum is a roleplay board in which ambassadors discuss precisely what resolutions should be passed into international law; when submitted, approved by 6% of delegates, and voted for by a majority of WA member nations, they then alter national statistics according to their category.

The Security Council only affects the nations and regions it specifically legislates on, and not in a statistically relevant way.
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Postby Drew Durrnil » Tue Mar 30, 2021 11:20 am

Who decides what the stat changes are, and when?
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Postby Separatist Peoples » Tue Mar 30, 2021 12:27 pm

Drew Durrnil wrote:Who decides what the stat changes are, and when?

All Stat changes are predetermined based on category and strength or AoE. Admins make these decisions.

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Postby Imperium Anglorum » Tue Mar 30, 2021 3:38 pm

The stat changes take effect immediately on the passage of a resolution.

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Postby KexinNation » Sun Apr 11, 2021 9:56 pm

For a proposal on gun rights, if the rules wouldn't apply to all sapients (mine only applies to "mentally incompetent" beings), what would be the appropriate strength?

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Postby Bananaistan » Mon Apr 12, 2021 12:05 am

KexinNation wrote:For a proposal on gun rights, if the rules wouldn't apply to all sapients (mine only applies to "mentally incompetent" beings), what would be the appropriate strength?


Carefully read GAR#399 section 5 first.

Generally nobody can judge strength without seeing the proposal.
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Postby Outer Sparta » Tue Apr 13, 2021 11:35 am

Are proposals mostly drafted on the NS forums or have there been cases with proposals drafted offsite?
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Postby Separatist Peoples » Tue Apr 13, 2021 11:37 am

Outer Sparta wrote:Are proposals mostly drafted on the NS forums or have there been cases with proposals drafted offsite?

Many are drafted off site. This is not always the best call.

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Postby Outer Sparta » Tue Apr 13, 2021 11:46 am

Separatist Peoples wrote:
Outer Sparta wrote:Are proposals mostly drafted on the NS forums or have there been cases with proposals drafted offsite?

Many are drafted off site. This is not always the best call.

I myself would prefer to see proposals drafted here since that's where you can get the best look at them. Offsite could be good, but obviously not everyone can see the process going on somewhere else. I usually mistake proposals submitted without a draft on the GA forum as "undrafted," which may not be the best assumption for every one of them.
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Postby Free Domelec Gorjicartlan island » Tue Apr 20, 2021 9:04 pm

is there a proposal template? i am kinda confused :eyebrow:
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Postby Araraukar » Wed Apr 21, 2021 6:01 am

Free Domelec Gorjicartlan island wrote:is there a proposal template? i am kinda confused :eyebrow:

Some people might have more specific ones, but basically the first few clauses of the usual format are nonbinding ones, where you try to explain what the problem is and why you think it needs to be legislated on - the arguments part is called the preamble - then come the binding clauses, where you actually tell nations what they need to do.

Look through the passed resolutions thread (at random works, but don't look at a single one because there are different styles) to see examples.

Do note that repeals do not have binding clauses (except maybe something like "hereby repeals"), only arguments.
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